Just as the NPS said, the cherry blossoms are racing through their development thanks to the unseasonably warm weather we've had. Even in the two days since the last update there's been a lot of development in the buds.
The indicator tree isn't blooming yet, but it's not far away from popping (see photos below). And the tulip magnolias and some other flowering trees are out. If you're looking to take photos, head over to the George Mason Memorial. There's a particularly good cluster of them there.
And a reminder that the Maine Ave parking lot will be closed to parking tomorrow (March 14) through April 7 for the tents for the cherry blossom festival.
Photos Taken This Morning
As usual, I've included close-ups from several different trees. It serves as a good illustration of how not all the trees are on precisely the same schedule.
The indicator tree isn't flower yet, but it's close to popping, with the white petals starting to become clearly visible. Typically, this single tree flowers a week or so ahead of the others. You can find out more about it here.
The tulip magnolias are out all over town. You can find a particularly good cluster of them by the George Mason Memorial, which is where these were taken.
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.